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Position: Environmentalist in Residence (EnvIR)
Focus: Conservation & Sustainability
Organization: Toronto Public Library

Dates: 10-weeks, June 4 – Aug 1, 14 hours/week
Location: Albion Library June 7 – July 7; Scarborough Civic Centre Library July 8 – August 11, 2018
Remuneration: $5,000

Toronto Public Library will be hiring our first-ever Environmentalist in Residence (EnvIR)!

The 10-week residency will take place from June 4 to August 11, 2018, as part of the library's Our Fragile Planet program series, a program series dedicated to raising awareness about the state of our planet and how we can protect our communities and beyond.

The EnvIR will share their expertise through programs, workshops, and engage with local organizations.

The residency and the Our Fragile Planet program series are generously supported by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF).

Please feel free to share this exciting opportunity with your colleagues, network, and anyone you think would be a great candidate for this!

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018.

Toronto Public Library (TPL) invites applicants with extensive experience in the area of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability to fill the role of TPL’s 2018 Environmentalist in Residence (EnvIR).

The EnvIR supports the Our Fragile Planet program at TPL ( and will serve as an industry expert in the area of conservation and sustainability. The EnvIR will lead engaging programs, hands-on workshops and offer community consultations at various branches to support different communities in their green pursuits. The EnvIR will share their knowledge, expertise and experience in your field, and inspire others to “green” their community and beyond.

The EnvIR supports the library’s strategic priorities of "Establishing TPL as Toronto’s centre for lifelong learning” and will highlight the green spaces and initiatives at TPL.

This residency is fully funded by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.


  • An industry expert with a minimum of 3 years of professional expertise in the area of conservation and/or sustainability; water or land conservation/sustainability preferred.
  • Experience as a community activator with a proven track record in community engagement and awareness raising in your professional area of expertise
  • Experience with delivering hands-on workshops to audiences of varying knowledge and skill levels
  • Excellent communication skills in coaching, teaching and public speaking
  • A commitment to supporting Toronto’s Live Green initiatives through education and inspiration and community mobilization
  • Facility with social media in a business setting

The EnvIR will have the following core responsibilities:

  • Create and deliver programs and workshops, along with support materials, related to their area of expertise
  • Meet with library users and community groups through appointments to consult on environmental engagement and environmental mobilization
  • Share expertise by posting on the library’s blog
  • Develop a public workshop module that library staff can use in public programs to raise awareness of environmental issues including a staff-training component

Target Audience:

The Environmentalist in Residence program is targeted at Torontonians who may or may not have some knowledge of environmental issues, but are looking to be inspired, and learn how they can participate and mobilize their community to support the environment. They are adults who are looking to build knowledge and confidence through exposure to new ideas and expertise. The library envisions hands-on workshops and engaging high-quality lectures.

Requirements of the Residency:

  • A 10-week residency from June 4 to August 11, 2018; 14 hours a week; flexible work schedule
  • All appointment and drop-in sessions to take place at Albion Library or Scarborough Civic Centre Library
  • Minimum of 3 blog posts published on the TPL website
  • Minimum of 2 programs (workshops or lectures) a week – Structure and format (e.g. length) to be discussed with library staff
  • Develop and deliver 1 training session to TPL staff on the public awareness module you create


Please e-mail Kimberly Christmas ( your Curriculum Vitae and proposal (maximum 2 pages for proposal) by
March 30, 2018, and include:

  • Relevant education and professional experience
    • Include recently published papers/lectures/workshops
    • Include any related community organizations that you helped to develop or are actively involved in supporting
  • Summary of coaching/teaching experience
  • A proposal for a workshop that you would deliver at TPL on your area of expertise
  • A proposal for a lecture that you would deliver at TPL on your area of expertise
  • Two letters of reference

The Toronto Public Library invites applications from all qualified individuals. The Library is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, accommodation will be provided for persons with disabilities through all stages of the recruitment and selection process.

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GoodWork ID: 44464       Date posted to Mar 19 2018